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Clear majority see Howard’s Bush-love as hurtful internationally

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Aussie Poll-Most Say Howard Support of Bush on Climate Change, Iraq Hurts Australia

A national survey conducted by Roy Morgan Research suggests that US President George W. Bush’s vocal support of Australian Prime Minister John Howard is likely to backfire. By an overwhelming margin, Australians told pollsters that Howard’s backing of Bush policies on climate change and Iraq hurts Australia’s international reputation more than it helps.

The poll was released in conjunction with an APEC campaign on climate change by Australian online campaigners GetUp and its global partner Avaaz. It amplifies the 500,000-signature global petition calling for binding global targets for climate change emissions that will be unveiled with a 144 square metre banner at Bondi Beach on Friday.

Among the poll’s findings:

  • Two thirds (69%) of Australians say Howard’s support for Bush on climate change and Iraq hurt Australia’s reputation
  • Only 16% say that Bush’s support for Bush helps Austalia’s reputation
  • Even among Howard’s own supporters, fully half (50%) say Howard’s support for Bush has hurt–with fewer than a third (31%) saying it has helped

Poll question: Do you think that John Howard’s support of George Bush’s policies on issues such as Iraq and climate change has helped Australia’s reputation or hurt it?

Helped it

Hurt it

No Difference/ Don’t Know




Coalition voter (2PP)




ALP voter (2PP)




Conducted by Roy Morgan Research August 8-9, 2007; n=623 adults 18+
This survey was conducted nationally among 623 respondents aged 18 years and over, by telephone over the period of 8th and 9th of August 2007 by fully trained and personally briefed interviewers. Respondents were selected by means of a stratified random sample process. At the 95% confidence level the survey had a ±4% margin of error overall, with higher margins of error in subgroups. Numbers may not add up to 100% due to rounding.

Written by typingisnotactivism

September 6, 2007 at 6:23 pm

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  1. The message is loud and clear:

    ‘Goodbye Howard. You are nothing more than a Bush toady eager to bend at the whim of your beloved leader. Your time is almost at an end.’

    t.i.n.a.: ‘..and please let the door hit you on the way out’ 😉


    September 8, 2007 at 1:42 am

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